Militants Attack: Shell, Chevron lose 50% of production
Major multinational oil companies, particularly Anglo-Dutch oil firm, Shell Petroleum
Development Company (SPDC)and its American counterpart, Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), outputs have been reduced to 50 per cent, sources have said.
This is as a result of the incessant bombing of their facilities by militants in the Niger Delta region, the sources said.
Among the facilities destroyed by the militants belonging to the two firms are: Forcados Terminal subsea crude export pipeline, Well D25 Valve Platform, Ogan Fspo, Makaraba line among others.
The group has also threatened to target their offshore platforms, including Bonga Fpso, EA field and their tank farms such as bonny tank farm, Escravos tank farm and Forcados tank farm.
The shadowy group is alleged to be operating from the Gbaramatu axis of Delta State.
Gbaramatu Kingdom in Warri South West Council Area of Delta State is home to ex-warlord, High Chief Government Ekpemupolo alias Tomplo, who is wanted over allegations of financial enrichment.
Security reports have linked the embattled ex-militant leader to being the chief sponsor of the group which has embarked on deadly attacks since he was declared wanted by the government.
Responding to effect on the operation of The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC), its spokesperson, Joseph Obari said: “We continue to monitor the security situation in our operating areas in the Niger Delta and are taking all possible steps to ensure the safety of staff and contractors. We do not wish to go into details. Our operations are continuing”.
On the damaged Forcados Terminal subsea crude export pipeline, he said: “SPDC is intensifying efforts on spill containment and spilled oil recovery on the February 14 2016 spill, while also finalizing repair plans pending the conclusion of the ongoing Joint Investigation Visit into the cause and impact of the spill”.
He was however silent on the actual production quota of the company since the key export line was hit by the militants.
On his part, General Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs (PGPA)Chevron Nigeria Limited, Deji Haastrup, said tersely : ‘’ We are not commenting on this at this time. Suffice to say that our number one
priority is the safety of people and the protection of the environment and physical assets”.
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